Kashmir shuts on Guru’s fifth death anniversary


A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir valley on Friday to mark the fifth death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.

The resistance leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for a valley-wide shutdown to protest against the hanging of Guru and to demand the return of his mortal remains.

However, restrictions have been imposed in some parts of the Kashmir valley.

Shops, educational institutes and all other business establishments are shut while public and private transport is majorly off the roads.

Afzal, from North Kashmir’s Sopore, was hanged on Feb 9, 2013, at Tihar jail for his alleged role in 2001 parliament attacks. He lays buried inside the jail and his family has been demanding his mortal remains.

In order to maintain law and order and foil possible anti-government protests, authorities have imposed strong restrictions in some parts of Sopore town the government forces have also sealed entry points towards Afzal Guru’s home village Jageer ghat, reports claimed.

Meanwhile, Authorities have suspended the Baramulla – Banihal train service for the day, as per the precautionary measures.


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